Getting to Know a Place

 As a landscape photographer, I can totally relate to the desire to travel around and see as much as we can fit into our time on this planet. The drawback to the scattershot type of approach is that it’s nearly impossible to come away with great images at every place you visit if it consists of a “one and done” …

Cholla Cactus Garden: Where it All Began

 I had the chance to spend three days at Joshua Tree National Park over the holidays. I was not feeling well during this trip so I took it easy on the photography but re-visiting the Cholla Cactus Garden was a must for me. This was essentially where I got my start in landscape photography many years ago …

Re-Processing Photos

 One of the fascinating parts of being a photographer is looking back at my work years later and picking it apart with a critical eye. Some images make me cringe when I look back and then there are some images will stand the test of time but could perhaps benefit from current post-processing techniques that …

Favorite Photos From 2014

 It’s time for Jim Goldstein’s annual “Your Best Photos” blog project again. I find participating in this to be of value when it comes to evaluating how I’ve evolved in photography. In case you’re curious, here are my entries from 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010. While my personal life in 2013 had some extreme highs and lows, 2014 was largely a …

Mount Tamalpais Watershed

 After a few weeks worth of heavy rains, it was predicted to let up sometime on Saturday morning so I decided to hike Cataract Falls rain or shine. It was still raining when I left the house before dawn but from previous experience hiking there in storms I knew that a little bit of rain …

The Silverado Trail

 The Silverado Trail is the area of Napa Valley that made the region world-famous back in the 1970’s. I’ve biked and wine tasted along parts of the Silverado Trail but hadn’t explored around the Stags Leap District until now when I read about it in Gary Crabbe’s Photographing California guidebook. There is a staggering amount …

Nevada City Fall Colors

 To celebrate my birthday last week, we decided to spend the weekend in Grass Valley and Nevada City, two charming towns located within the Sierra Gold Country. I’ve always had an affinity for Gold Rush history since doing a 4th grade project 20+ years ago and when you can have some New England-esque fall color for …